Lake County School Board Sued—Again!

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has sued the Lake County School Board again for its failure to respect the free-speech rights of students seeking to form a gay-straight alliance.

From the ACLU’s press release:

Today, on behalf of a group of students led by 12-year-old Hannah Faughnan, a seventh-grader from Leesburg, Florida, who have attempted to form a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at their school, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida and the National ACLU brought a lawsuit against the School Board of Lake County.  The lawsuit is the second this year brought by students at Carver Middle School challenging the School Board’s ongoing efforts to thwart students’ constitutionally-protected right to establish a GSA to combat bullying at their school.

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“Bullying has been a real problem for a lot of my friends here at Carver,” stated Hannah. “When the GSA got to meet last year, we talked about ideas to help make things better for everyone this school year. It’s frustrating that we haven’t been able to do anything yet, especially because other clubs have already been meeting but we have not been allowed to meet.”

I’ve written extensively about the GSA controversy in Lake County and will blog about it again soon. Below are some of my related posts.

[December 20 (2013) Update: Katy Bourne, a jazz musician, blogger and fierce advocate for LGBT youth, has just posted An Open Letter to the Lake County School Board. It includes contact information for all of Lake County’s school board members. Last spring, Katy exchanged a series of emails with one of the board members, who wrote some pretty outrageous stuff to her, confirming that misinformation and unfounded fears were motivating the board’s policies. Both Katy and I blogged about those emails.]


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